Saturday May 3: The CHALKlife Festival with Medieval Mayhem. Free family festival celebrating the people, history and wildlife of the South Downs. Landport Bottom. Access from the old racecourse road. 11 am – 4 pm.
Saturday May 3: Lewes pound. Launch of a special issue. Available at the CHALKlife Festival.
May 3-18: Montfort’s March. Site-specific play by The Company following Simon de Montfort’s route over the Downs to Landport Bottom. Tickets £10/£5 from Lewes TIC and www.brightonfringe.org. Various dates and sites. Performances start 2 pm except 14 May (6.00pm).
Friday May 9: Battle of Lewes Banquet. Fundraising auction. Lewes Town Hall. http://www.battleoflewes.com
Saturday May 10: Henry’s March on Lewes. A walk from Glynde to Lewes, marking the King’s arrival in the town on May 10 1264. Limited spaces. Period costume. Contact: Lewes Footpaths Group: email@example.com. Arrive Cliffe mid-morning to be greeted by town worthies.
Saturday May 10: May Fayre. Traditional fair with stalls, displays, activities, including a medieval operating theatre. Priory Park, Lewes. Entry: £2. 10.30 am – 4 pm.
Saturday May 10: Battle of Lewes Bash. Live music, medieval and modern, from Sussex Pistols, So Last Century, Kalamus. All Saints Church, Lewes. Tickets: £10.00 on the door or £7.50 from Union Music Store, Lewes Tourist Centre, or wegotickets.com. Doors open 7.30 pm.
Sunday May 11- Thursday May 15: Medieval Marquee. Lewes Castle Gun Garden.12 – 4.00 pm daily. Part of the Battle of Lewes Story.
Sunday May 11 – Thursday 11: Battle Bites. Free lunchtime talks on medieval Lewes. Lewes Castle Gun Garden. 1.15 – 1.45 pm daily. Part of the Battle of Lewes Story.
Monday May 12: Medieval Nights. The Battle of Lewes: the Context and the Event. Talk by Professor David Carpenter. Lewes Castle Gun Garden. 7 – 8.30 pm. Tickets: £6. Part of The Battle of Lewes Story.
Tuesday May 13: The Sword of Freedom. The Everyman Ensemble perform a piece of specially commissioned choral music composed by Helen Glavin. Musical director – John Hancorn. With troubadour musicians. Lewes Town Hall. 7.30 pm. Free.
Tuesday May 13: Medieval Nights – The Archaeology of Landport Bottom. Talk by Stephanie Smith, Sussex Archaeological Society’s Finds Liaison Officer. Lewes Castle Gun Garden. 6 – 7.30 pm. Tickets: £6. Part of The Battle of Lewes Story.
Dawn March on Lewes. A walk from Fletching to Lewes, marking de Montfort’s advance on May 14 1264. Organised by Mid-Sussex Ramblers. FULLY BOOKED!
The Storming of the West Gate. Troubadours and costumed stitchers from the Battle of Lewes Tapestry Project greet “de Montfort’s army” as they arrive from Fletching. See Dawn March on Lewes, above. Westgate. ETA: 12 noon.
Battle Monument Ceremony. Unveiling of the newly-bronzed panels on the monument at Priory Park, Lewes. 3 pm.
Lewes Castle Late Night Opening. Until 8.00 pm. Part of The Battle of Lewes Story.
Commemorative Service, Fletching. To mark the vigil kept at Fletching by Simon de Montfort and his knights on the eve of the battle. Fletching Parish Church, East Sussex. 7.00 pm.
Dedication, Plumpton Cross. The dedication of a commemorative stone at the site of the Plumpton Cross, followed by a service at St Michael’s Church, Plumpton. 6.00 pm.
Hog Roast. Plumpton College. http://www.plumptonvap.co.uk Tickets £7.50, and £5. 8.00 pm
Fireworks. Dripping Pan, Lewes. 9.40 pm. Supported by Lewes Town Council and Battle Royal 750.
Friday May 16 – Sunday May 18: Prepare for Battle. Unique 13th century festival celebrating the role of the battle in forging parliamentary democracy. Music, a 13th century village, political debate and drama including a new play by poet John Agard. Railway Land, Lewes.Ticket prices and more information: Lewes Youth Theatre.
Saturday May 17: The Day of the Battle. Open-air mystery play. Lewes Castle 10.30 am, Harvey’s yard 12.00 noon, Lewes Priory 4.30 pm.
Saturday May 17: Battle Royal 750. Costumed procession from Landport Bottom to Dripping Pan, Lewes, organised by local community groups. Featuring street skirmishes. More information from http://www.battleoflewes.com.
Saturday May 17: How the Battle of Lewes Tapestry Came About. Meet the tapestry embroiderers. Free, but booking essential as places are limited. Lewes Castle, 11.30 am. Call 01273 486290 for more information.
Sunday May 25: Battles for Peace and Freedom. Music from across the centuries performed by Lewes Chamber Choir and East Sussex Community Choir. Free concert. St Anne’s Church, Western Road. 6.30 pm.
EXHIBITIONS AT LEWES CASTLE. From May 14 onwards.
The Battle of Lewes Tapestry. Display and exhibition featuring the tapestry.
Showdown at the Windmill. Exhibition of cartoon panels describing a major skirmish during the battle. Accompanied by a handmade diorama by Peter Cole. (Opens May 3).
The History and Archaeology of Landport Bottom. Includes a display of old photographs of the battlefield and the artefacts which were found during the recent archaeological survey.
Lewes Castle is open from 10 am – 5.30 pm Tuesday to Saturday and 11 am – 5.30 pm Sunday and Monday
OTHER EXHIBITIONS IN MAY
Art on the Line. Artwork on a battle theme by students at Sussex Downs College. Lewes Railway Station waiting rooms.
Street Banners. Knights’ coats of arms painted by school students and inmates at Lewes Prison. Lewes streets.
Lewes Schools Art and Creative Writing. Exhibition of top entries from the Lewes-wide competition organised by Rotary Club of Lewes Castle. May 10 and 17: Church of St John sub Castro. May 12-16: Foyer, Lewes Town Hall.